With a population of over 5.8 million South Asians, our community is one of the most rapidly-increasing populations in the United States. As our community grows in size, community members are engaging more actively in the civic and political process through and beyond voting, by vocalizing views on current issues, participating in social and political campaigns, and becoming leaders in their local communities and organizations. However, many South Asians encounter roadblocks on the path to enacting civic change, whether in the forms of voter intimidation and harassment at an election site, or insufficient bilingual materials and interpreters to comprehend and challenge policy decisions.
In an effort to ensure that South Asians feel empowered to participate in civic movements, SAALT supports a variety of community-led campaigns across the country, while simultaneously advocating with the federal governmentto demand equitable access.
SAALT RESOURCES ON VOTING RIGHTS
- SAALT Calls Upon the New York City Board of Elections to Fully Comply with Federal Language Access Requirements for Bengali Speakers in Queens County (July 2013)
- Citizenship Brochure: English, Hindi, Bangla, Gujarati
- Are you Ready to Vote? Checklist: English, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Nepali, Punjabi, Tamil, Urdu
- A Guide to the Presidential Elections (English)
- Know Your Rights on Election Day: English, Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi
- How Do I Get Involved? (English)